Venerdì 22 Maggio 2020
I woke up at 6:45 am. By 9:30 I had already deep cleaned the whole house: took the stains out of the kitchen sink, took stains out of shirts and bedsheets, cleaned stoves and counters, cleaned up the cat pee from the floor, removed all hair from the shower drains, swept floors & mopped floors, and darned two shirts
It cost me 78 USD to send my roommate 65 euro for bills due. Then I spent two hours praying over the entire terrain to remove every spirit of rage, rebellion, anger, curses declared against Paola from the past, arrogance and pride, witchcraft rejection and insecurity. I declared every part of this land property of Jesus and dedicated it to His Lordship where the absolute truth of His word reigns. I prayed that Paola experience joy and peace in all she does.
Then I caressed the horses, gave water to the chickens because it was empty, cleaned the poop, picked up every piece of broken plastic that the wind had taken and strewn all across the fields where the goats eat. I also picked up rusted metal poles that were lying on the fields, which I believe are dangerous to the animals, and put them in one pile.
Paola cooked a lovely soup made of Farro and the broth from last night’s pomegranate and turkey dinner. Let me tell you, it was equally as flavorful and delicious as last night. Then we took naps. I slept until 3 pm! That’s when I heard the voice of her friend who has come to pick me up and transport me to his horse farm on the island of Caprera. I’m going there for 3 days to see if I want to live there next. First I pet Blu the female dog and cried because I will miss her so much!!! She opened up legs so I could pet her stomach. I can tell she has already been grieving that Antonio is gone so I wonder how she’ll feel now. I know I will suffer without her. Then I went one last time to caress the horses and in particular Rio and Campione. I cried again, unable to contain my tears. They both looked at me as if they felt my emotions and know what it happening. Their compassion is given to me in the way they receive my touch. They both leaned their heads on my shoulder. Can you believe it? Campione, put his face on my chest.
Alessandro gave me a mask and paid for my ferry ride to La Maddelena and then drove me to Caprera where only 46 people LIVE. It is 53 kilometers long and he owns Cavalla Marsala, a horse ranch there full of beautiful Arabian horses. They are lean and healthy. I pet one of them, a white male- purest white. Wow fascinating. Another friend of Alessandro’s, Giacomo, came by and hugged me, giving me a warm welcome. I was introduced also to Tore who paints boats and Paola from Rome who’s lived here on the island for 12 years. Alessandro lives in a big open room with ceremony floors and a loft like my grandma had, he gave me choice of beds. He told me he is a Christian who believes in God and Jesus Christ is his savior. What??? This is so amazing!!!!!
There is basil, parsley, mint, rosemary, and tomatoes growing in the yard along with those white flowers I love the smell of. I am so concerned about Paola and whether or not she can care for all the animals by herself! Especially since I found empty water containers this morning.
I met and pet 3 precious little dogs here but one has flees and guess what? They jumped on me. Oh man what a torment. I washed my clothes and hair immediately. Mosquitos then bit me. Oh my word thank God Alessandro gave me something to burn so they would stop biting me.
Then he served me and his worker of 11 years: fresh salad of mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, pasta with cozze (mussels) & tomato sauce, and fried eggs sunny side up with slices of LOCAL fresh melted cheese in it. We had great conversations and while eating a Merlo bird sang the most unique melody I have heard from a bird. We ate at a decent hour compared to at Paola’s. Here we are at 7:30 pm and went to bed at 9:30. I have no ability to make calls or use internet here which makes it more relaxing for the eyes and conducive to sleeping. I brought the mosquito killer by my bed which burns itself over time. BUT IT GAVE ME A HEADACHE so I put it’s fire out. The loft reminds me of my grandma’s house in the country. I fell asleep by imagining holding Blu the female dog in my arms, petting her. I miss her.
Then I woke up 2 hours later with both mosquitos and flees biting me. The flees are from Alessandro’s dog on whom I saw them and the saw them jump on my clothes. But he doesn’t want to admit it. The mosquitos are a result of a canal that runs directly behind my bedroom. There is also perpetually mold in the house for this same reason.